Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
A flood lagoon with an impressive diversity of habitats
Golden Brook Storage Lagoon was created to protect nearby Long Eaton from flooding by receiving flood water from the Golden Brook. When the danger is over, water is gradually released from the lagoon, leaving it as a shallow water area. This relatively small reserve contains a diversity of wetland and other plants, from reed mace to grasses and mosses. Many birds find protection here, including snipe, water rail and reed bunting, while the banks provide migrating waders such as dunlin, redshank and green plover with a resting place during their migration. During winter, teal, gadwall and shoveler visit. On warm sunny days in summer and early autumn, butterflies and other insects enjoy the grasses and flowers.
Species and habitats